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One-way traffic at Vellayambalam

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 21. A one-way regulation for vehicles will be introduced by the city police at Vellayambalam junction on an experimental basis from next week to solve the traffic congestion along the stretch, the City Police Commissioner, Mr. Rajan Singh, has said.

The regulation to be introduced would be using the three nodal points of Vellayambalam, Alathara and Keltron junctions, Mr. Singh said while speaking at the one-day seminar on "Traffic and Transportation problems of Thiruvananthapuram city" organised by the Federation of Residents Association here today.

To solve the parking problem faced by motorists in busy stretches in the city, the Commissioner said the police would introduce parking lots on an experimental basis in front of Trida's Saphalayam complex near VJT Hall, Martyrs' Column and the Government Sanskrit College from next week.

Mr. Singh said that parking of school buses and other vehicles that bring in children along the General Hospital junction-Holy Angel's Convent road would be banned. Buses and other vehicles that bring school children would have to be parked elsewhere and would be allowed to come near the stretch only during morning and evening, he said.

The City Police was also thinking of organising traffic awareness classes for pedestrians, autorickshaw drivers, school children and policemen in the coming days. Lack of funds was the main hindrance in organising the classes, he added.

The Commissioner suggested introduction of cars and luxury buses on sharing basis as in Delhi and Mumbai for those going to offices and the Technopark so that the number of personal cars can be reduced. Another suggestion mooted by him is introduction of restriction to limit number of vehicles as in Singapore.

The location of bus stops near the busy junctions such as Sreekariyam, stoppage of buses near the casualty wing of the Medical College Hospital and parking of taxies near busy junctions was interrupting smooth flow of vehicular traffic.

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